I took the dogs to the vet yesterday. Wow, I had forgotten how difficult taking them in to see the vet could be!! I definitely could not have handled both dogs without help. I was glad to have my FIL along for a helping hand since DH had to work.
Both dogs got good reports overall, thankfully!! Rebel was due for 2 shots and a nail clipping plus his well dog check. The good news with him is that the little growth on his lower eye lid isn't especially dangerous and is typically totally benign so we didn't even need to biopsy it! We will just need to watch to make sure it does not grow or begin to bother him. Also, Rebel had lost about 16 lbs since his last visit down to 80 pounds and almost a healthy weight for him. Suzy had also lost a little weight which was good for her as well. I guess all that cooking for them has helped with their weight as well as the seizure prevention. Suzy was just due for 1 shot and a nail clipping plus her well dog check. The good news with her is that her occasional limp should not require surgery unless it progresses to an all the time thing. The vet thinks that it is a possible ACL injury which isn't great news though.
Because Suzy was badly abused before we adopted her she went first with Rebel there to help keep her calm. I muzzled her for the nail clipping more for her safety than anything. She was so good for it and didn't even paw at the muzzle! I was so proud of her!
I had my FIL take Suzy out while the vet took care of Rebel as she is very protective of him. Rebel was a little baby about the nail clipping as expected and whined and acted like he was being killed when he really wasn't at all. So it was a good decision to have removed Suzy from the equation.